At last year's event, Reimyo Chief Mr. Kazuo Kiuchi demonstrated some outstanding sound using all Combak/Reimyo products.
However, I was shocked to see a solid-state amplifier in his
set-up rather than the usual 300B tube amplifier.
felt that given the difficulty of getting NOS tubes, he
could produce more power and better sound with a solid-state design.
The new KAP-777 stereo power amplifier powered the system effortlessly with great authority and delicacy.
I really enjoyed the sound of the KAP-777 and wanted to explore it more fully in my own listening environment.
I kept in touch with Kiuchi
in hopes of possibly doing a review in the near future.
In August of 2011, I finally received an email from Kiuchi requesting I review his
newest offerings in the Reimyo KAP-777 amplifier and CAT-777 MKII preamp - as a system.
The KAP-777 is Kiuchi's
newest design and the first solid-state power amplifier to hail from the Combak Corporation
In previous discussions, Kiuchi was always a strong advocate of tube designs.
Obviously, to see a transistor amp coming out of his
camp was entirely off the radar for me.
acclaimed PAT-777 300B power amp is a remarkable product but was a low-power design, producing only 8-watts per channel.
Coupled to efficient loudspeakers such as horns, it was magic.
But for real-world acceptance, I think more power was required.
The KAP-777 was designed and manufactured in a process Kiuchi calls "High Tech Fusion.
This was a collaboration of four audio and recording studio technology leaders.
The players involved were Mr. T. Kuwaoke, president and inventor of the K2 technology; Mr. Michael Edinger, recording studio engineer; Kiuchi and T. Iseki, are both the co-inventors of the Harmonix resonance control technology (Kiuchi san, in addition to heading the Combak Corporation also runs Harmonix Corp. which produces cables and resonance control devices).
It's very stable and perfectly balanced over the entire frequency range," boasts Kiuchi
A single MOSFET output transistor handles the positive, and another handles the negative, "seeking to remain true to the original sound quality of any recording" says Kiuchi
assured me no burn-in was done at the factory and recommended I let the system play for a week before any serious listening was started.